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Vice Rector, University Management
PhD., docent
Vice Rector, (Education), (koulutus ja koulutusrakenteet); development work, international affairs, educational export, networks in the area, higher education pedagogy, quality management


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Areas of expertise

Areas of research: Learning difficulties in mathematics and literacy skills
intervention research
comparative educational policy research (e.g. RTI in the US and Finland)
teacher resilience and work


I have worked in several universities before coming to the University of Turku, in the beginning of year 2020. I started my academic career in the University of Helsinki. I have finished my doctoral degree (Special Education) there. I also have held title of docent at University of Helsinki since 2012. I worked as a University Lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä for nine years. Then I was appointed to a full professorship in Special Education at the University of Eastern Finland. I was in that position for 5,5 years (2014-2019). I served at the Board of the Fulbright Finland Association 2015-2023 (Vice-chair of the Board on two-year term 2017-2018, Chair of the Board on two-year term 2019-2020). I was appointed to the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group Network on summer 2023. Administrative work has been closely intertwined with my academic career throughout the years. 


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Assessment conceptions of Finnish pre-service teachers (2022)

European Journal of Teacher Education
Kyttälä Minna, Björn Piia Maria, Rantamäki Milla, Lehesvuori Sami, Närhi Vesa, Aro Mikko, Lerkkanen Marja-Kristiina
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))